Maritime union workers plan strike in UK

A combined 300 maritime workers from Ponticelli UK and Semco Maritime have voted in favour of a strike to begin in December and last through to the end of February 2022.

All workers are employed through TotalEnergies’ North Sea assets, working on various sites that include Alisa FSO, Culzean, Dunbar, Elgin Franklin, Gryphon FPSO, North Alwyn & Shetland Gas Plant.

A vote count of 93.6% by Unite Ponticelli UK members and 90.3% on Semco Maritime members was announced by the union.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said that “Unite members at Ponticelli/Semco have made their intentions clear in the ballot. They are going to push back against this attack on their jobs, pay and conditions. Those making the decisions within these companies clearly lack experience and sound judgment. They need to rethink their proposals and come back with an improved offer. Otherwise, they are going to face determined industrial action which will be supported all the way by the union.”